Synopsis: In this fourth of five messages, we look at the second great truth Jesus intended to reveal about Himself that distinguishes Him from any ordinary man. The first great truth was a revelation of His deity as He claims the same name Jehovah did when commissioning Moses at the burning bush (cf. Exodus 3:14). He exercises the privileges and power unique to deity and has the perfections of deity. The second great truth concerns the consolation He gives to sorrowing believers. Christ intended this promise to not just extend to the future to teach truth about the resurrection and eternal life but also as a promise for the present that was to have immediate value to Martha, Mary, and all who are His people.
Synopsis: In part three of five, this message focuses on yet a third way that Christ's perfection, privileges, and power reveal Him to be God in human form: Christ sustains the life of His people. Their lives continue despite physical death. Their lives are renewed in times of failure. Their lives are also revived in times of fainting. Whether a believer's need is for restoration, renewal, or revival, the only One Who can meet that need in any substantive manner, is Christ the Resurrection and the Life.
Synopsis: This message looks at the message that Peter preached on the day of Pentecost. One of the vital lessons we learn is that if we are to be effective in proclaiming Christ, we must have God's power. Another lesson is the absolute necessity of depending upon God's Spirit, like a hand that fills a glove, to be useful and usable to impact souls for Christ.
Synopsis: In this second of five messages, the pastor takes a closer look at Christ's unique privilege and power in giving life to the physically dead and to the spiritually dead. It is precisely because He is the Possessor of Life that He is also the Provider of Life. Christ raised others from the dead in His day. He raised Himself from the grave.There is a coming day of resurrection in which each person will rise again. For the spiritually dead, Christ shares His own life with those who are saved--the same life that is shared within the Trinity. Those who are born-again have the assurance of eternal life as a present possession because they have been given the very life of God Himself! He presently has it to give!
Synopsis: Our attitude about the Bible has much to do about the degree of our spiritual growth in Christ. If we see it as nothing more than the work of men, then its authority is on par with our opinions about various matters of life. We therefore see no problem with living life our own way and obedience to God is seen as optional. However, if we see it as it is in truth, the words of God, then there is a complete adjustment that needs to be made about the way we view God, His expectations of us, our view of life and the way we live life.
Synopsis: When Jesus made the claim "I AM the Resurrection and the Life," He not only was making a claim to the name of Deity but also made a claim to the perfections, privileges, and power of Deity. As such, He is the Possessor of Life and Provider of Life. This message is part 1 of 5 that expounds the meaning of this 5th of 7 pictorial descriptions of Christ as the great "I AM."
Synopsis: One of the most iconic symbols of American Freedom is the Liberty Bell upon which is inscribed the words of Leviticus 25:10a. For the OT Israelite, God designated another icon to serve as a visual reminder of the liberty that was to be proclaimed throughout the land. In this first of two messages from this text, our pastor directs our attention to the basis for this proclamation. In part two, the message will deal with the significance of and the responsibility in the proclamation.
Synopsis: In this third of three messages from John 10:1-10 we continue looking at what is the primary thrust of Jesus' meaning when He reveals Himself as "the Door." He not only delivers a message of salvation for sheep but also a message of service for shepherds.
Synopsis: In this two part Easter message, we look at John 20 to see two great benefits of Christ's resurrection. In this second message we look at the second benefit, "The Resurrection Encourages a Forward-Looking Expectation."
Synopsis: John 20 records two great benefits of the Resurrection of Christ. In this message we look at the first benefit that is indicated by the repetition of the idea of "seeing" that occurs 15x's in 29 verses but is the translation of 4 different Greek words, each one indicating a different nuance to the idea of seeing. Tracing the use of the words, you can see the progress of faith by which the disciples "see" what Christ and the OT prophets had predicted! As you work your way through this chapter, you will discover four ways in which we can tell if we too have seen the risen Christ, not with our physical eye but with the eye of faith. As the resurrection impacted the lives of these first century disciples, so it can have the same impact on us!